THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION: Sewing with Style by Frances Tobin


The Essential Collection is an extension of The Maker's Atelier style. With this book, Frances has taken the styles that she has found indispensable over the years, and refined them for you. 

This collection of interchangeable separates includes The Raw-edged Coat, The Cigarette Pant, The Wrap Skirt, The Stretch Pencil Skirt, The Tie-front Blouse, The Drape-front Top, The Oversized T-shirt  and The Book Bag: all exclusive to the book with the exception of the pencil skirt which also features in the Ultimate Pencil Skirt pattern.

Each garment is given its own section in the book along with a full sized paper pattern. You will learn how the shape evolved and suggestions for how it can be worn. Instructions are given for how to make the garment in one form, followed by a section on how to vary this to create two or three very different garments. The projects will guide you through using different fabric types, illustrating how a garment can be changed through fabric selection. This book will inspire you to not just to make what you see here but also to develop your own ideas, in the fabrics you like, creating a collection that’s unique to you and your style.

There are seven paper patterns included in the book in sizes ranging from 32”- 46” / 81-116 cm bust measurement. The patterns are printed on both sides of the paper, so will need to be traced off.

Photography by Katya de Grunwald and Amelia Shepherd

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